Getting totally personal today and talking copper IUD insertion.
After the nightmare I had with the birth control pill I knew I had to switch my form of contraception.
I went to my gyno. we discussed my options, and decided that the copper IUD was right for me.
I knew the pill wasn’t working so I simply needed something else
I knew I didn’t want the shot, nor the implant in my arm, so an IUD was my best option
The copper IUD (specifically) was the best fit for me personally vs. the hormonal IUD
(+ it lasts for give years)
I’ll tell you why.
For starters the copper IUD is non hormonal which I really like. Messing with your hormones can be very damaging to your body.
Next,I am blessed with a light period and one of the main side effects of the copper IUD is a heavier periods. Therefore, since my baseline is already light, having a heavier period won’t be too much to handle .
Finally, it is cheaper. The copper costs $80 CAD while the hormonal IUD is between $300-$500CAD.
I’ll take you through the insertion.
My gyno. sat me down and explained the whole process, she even demonstrated it on a sample IUD she had in her office.
Next, I went into the room, removed my bottoms, laid on the table, put my legs in the stirrups and I was ready to go.
She began by inserting the speculum. This is what you have done when you receive a pap test. Slightly uncomfortable, but nothing more. Next, she cleaned my cervix with a disinfecting solution and I didn’t even feel this take place.
The next step is to have your uterus measured. The measuring instrument basically looks like a long plastic straw. That’s the best way I can describe it to you. This is where it started to hurt. I had an instant, sharp cramp and this was the first time I genuinely discovered where my uterus was. I broke out into an instant sweat all over my body and had to fight not to close my legs.
Needless to say I found it very painful. Nothing I would cry over, but more painful than I expected.
The insertion of the IUD is the final step and it feels exactly like the measuring of the uterus. So you get two rounds of the extreme cramping. On a positive note, the whole insertion process maybe takes five minutes total.
After the insertion was done and I could breath again, she cut the strings (which you don’t feel) and I was all done!
I did have bleeding after the procedure, so don’t wear white shorts to your appointment…like I did.
For the rest of the day I basically just relaxed because I had a lot of pretty intense cramping for a solid 12 hours. I was told this prior to the insertion so I was prepared for it.
A little tip: if you are having an IUD inserted, do so on a day where you don’t have much to do because you likely wont be feeling 100% afterwards.
I will be doing a whole post about the month after insertion within a couple weeks.
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